Study: Vaping Increases The Risk Of Chronic Lung Disease

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There's now growing evidence of the health problems associated with vaping or smoking e-cigarettes. A study conducted by researchers at the University of California San Francisco reveals that vaping has significant effects on one's lung health.

The study, which began in 2013, surveyed 32,000 e-cigarette smokers who at the time did not have any signs of lung disease.

By 2016, the scientists found that those who vaped and smoked regular cigarettes had an increased risk of getting a chronic lung disease by 30 percent. Those who only vaped, on the other hand, were 1.3 times more likely to et a chronic lung disease.

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Some examples of chronic lung disease are emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic bronchitis, asthma, and emphysema.

Despite earlier studies revealing a link between vaping and lung disease, these have been done over a short period of time only, which makes proving causality challenging. This latest research by the University of California San Francisco is the first long-term study of its kind to look into the adverse effects of e-cigarettes on respiratory health.

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